Offshore is the alias of Scottish producer Ewan Robertson. Ewan died unexpectedly in December 2012 while undergoing heart surgery for treatment of his Marfan Syndrome.
Born in Aberdeen in 1985, Ewan was both a celebrated musician and graphic designer. He first picked up a guitar aged 10 and by 14 had formed his first grunge band, Incendo. Moving to London in 2002 to study at Central Saint Martins, he joined experimental art rock group Lark and played with the band until 2011. While studying, he began working part-time as a graphic designer at Big Dada. After graduating he and design partner Oscar Bauer continued to work closely with the label, creating iconic artworks such as Wiley’s Playtime Is Over, Roots Manuva’s Slime & Reason and Bonobo’s Black Sands.
His first release as Offshore came out on the Scottish label, Stuff in 2009 and Ewan was signed to Big Dada as an artist in 2010. He released two EPs on the label, Aneurysm and Pacer, and in 2012 produced his first album, Bake Haus.
Ewan was working on the Offshore album when he died in December 2012. This release has been pieced together as close to Ewan’s intentions as we could manage. The album artwork is based on two of Ewan’s previous ideas, a design for a vinyl outer sleeve for a Big Dada tenth anniversary release and another project replicating landscapes through a simplified screen printing technique.
Ewan was an exceptionally brilliant, witty and gentle person whose warmth, humour and grace touched everyone who knew him. He is fiercely loved and missed by his family and friends, who continue to be constantly inspired by him and his life.<